Thanks to its temperate climate, France is an ideal destination to visit all year round with peak season falls in summer between June and August. Crowds might get a little overwhelming during these months though, especially in August when local Parisians closed their business and flock to the south for their summer holiday. Winter is stunning in the Alsace region when Christmas Market blossomed over picturesque canal town.
French Riviera is often associated with glitz and glamour, and there is no denying that as Europe’s richest can frequently be found lounging on a yacht off the Cap d’Antibes and celebrity walk along palm-lined La Croisette of Cannes. But there is a more low-key version of the region; where French locals enjoy a slower pace of life, laze on a secret beach and celebrate fantastic Provencal cuisine. In this unsung side of Côte d’Azur, fields of lavender dominate the hilly landscape along with vineyards and other flower farms that feed the French perfume industry and villages are built either cascading into the waters or set atop craggy hills overlooking the dramatic Mediterranean
With over 8 billion bottles produced per year, France fulfills worldwide thirst of wines with its famous grape varieties including Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, among many others. Depending on specific types, there are plenty of outstanding vineyards for travelers to taste some exceptional wines and soak up its long heritage. To the east, quintessential German grape blends with French flair in the form of Riesling while Languedoc-Roussillon to the south and Bordeaux to the west excels at blended red wines. For those looking for a drink closer to Paris, visit the birthplace of champagne in champagne or drive along the Loire River through incredible chateaux and vineyards
From exclusive alpine chalet to coastal resort and grand chateau, here are some of our handpicked accommodation in France
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